MU-KU rivalry given a new name

Wednesday, October 6, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:55 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 5, 2008

The war is over, but the showdown has just begun. The nationally recognized rivalry between MU and the University of Kansas, formerly known as the Border War, will now be called the Border Showdown, following discussions between KU, MU and Midwest Ford Dealers.

“We feel that in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, and the ensuing events around the world, it is inappropriate to use the term ‘war’ to describe intercollegiate athletics events,” said KU athletics director Lew Perkins in a release. “We need to be more sensitive to the men and women who defend our country for real.”

The competition awards points on a sliding point scale to the winning team in head-to-head sports and to the highest placing team in meets and tournaments in which both MU and KU compete. Some of the sports include football, volleyball, soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, and, softball. The school with the most points at the end of the academic year wins the Traveling Border Showdown Cup. In the inaugural 2002-03 season, MU took the trophy, beating KU 32-8.5. Kansas won the trophy last season by a score of 21.5-18.5. The first meeting between the two schools this year will be at the women’s soccer game at 7 p.m. Friday. The series is sponsored by Midwest Ford Dealers.

“The Missouri-Kansas rivalry is one of the best and most spirited in the nation, and while both schools and their fans share a passion for our competition, making an adjustment to the sponsorship is quite appropriate,” said MU director of athletics Mike Alden in a release. “Our rivalry with Kansas is a very important thing to many people, but it certainly pales in comparison with what is taking place overseas, and this is the right thing to do.”

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